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July 1, 2008 · No Comments · Science Club

As our first Science Club event last fall, we decided to build the molecule model Buckminsterfullerene or “Buckyball” for short. This molecule model was named after the Renaissance man Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome, fullerene. The first fullerene to be discovered was C60, or our molecule BuckyBall. This molecule is being used today to trap extraterrestrial gases and to build lighter space craft.

To build this molecular model, we got together and began putting together PVC pipe connected by a binding site and wire. Through a night of hanging out, eating root beer floats and figuring out how to hang the massive model in the Science building, we had a great time. The model can now be seen hanging in the Science building’s lobby area so go check it out, and be sure to join us on our next Science Club event!!

Jason Reiswig
Science Club President